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Module 05 - HANDGUNS 101
Follow these steps to safely load your semi-automatic action pistol:
STEP 1: Turn the safety ‘ON’ (if it can be engaged during the loading process).
STEP 2: Point the firearm in a safe direction.
STEP 3: Make sure nothing touches the trigger during this process.
STEP 4: Make sure the action is open.
STEP 5: Clear any obstructions from the chamber and bore (clean, if required).
STEP 6: Select the correct ammunition by matching the data stamp on the firearm with the head stamp on the cartridge/casing or ammunition box.
STEP 7: Remove the magazine.
STEP 8: Load the magazine with cartridges.
STEP 9: Insert the magazine into the firearm (the magazine well is usually located in the handle or grip area).
STEP 10: Pull the slide back towards you.
STEP 11: Turn the safety ‘ON’ (if not already engaged), unless you’re immediately prepared to fire.